Flashback to Black Sabbath’s Legendary Performance of “Paranoid” on Top of the Pops in 1970

Flashback to Black Sabbath’s Legendary Performance of “Paranoid” on Top of the Pops in 1970

Posted 7 Jan 2021
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Black Sabbath, 1970. Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage/Getty Images.

Black Sabbath unleashed their blazing second album, Paranoid in the U.S. this week in January 1971 (after debuting in in their U.K. homeland a few months prior). It was a monster of heavy-rock, home to many of their biggest tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs” and title-track, “Paranoid.” Beyond influential, the album remains a foundation of heavy metal, a fundamental stepping stone in the genre’s evolution. 

Check out their legendary performance of “Paranoid” on Top of the Pops in 1970, a truly stand-out moment in the show’s colourful history as Ozzy and the band introduce their heavy, bleak psychedelic rock to a prime-time audience. 

Black Sabbath | “Paranoid” [Top of the Pops, 1970]

Check out Black Sabbath’s upcoming Vol 4: Super Deluxe Editiondue out on February 12th. Available for pre-order now, HERE.

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